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Things are getting quite interesting after ESPN’s Sportscenter anchor and reporter Jemele Hill’s comments towards President Donald Trump went viral.
After calling comments Trump a “white supremacist” went viral there was a debate online and all over the news about whether she should be suspended or fired.
Even White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders addressed the situation by claiming it is a “fireable offense.”
Today (Sept 15), it is being reported that following those comments ESPN allegedly had plans to take Hill off of her 6 p.m. seat for the day as the backlash died down. Something that her co-host fought Michael Smith fought against.
According to a report from ThinkProgress.org:
ESPN originally tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but Smith refused to do the show without her, the sources said. Both sources also said that producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show — but Eaves and Duncan did not agree to take the place of Hill and Smith, either.
New York Daily News reports that ESPN is denying those claims. That’s not stopping the President of the United States from taking a break in problems such as Russia hacking, North Korea firing a missile, or the debate against DACA as he spent a tweet in demanding an apology.
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Hill has not apologized for the words, but did apologize for bringing the network into the situation.